Ralph and Dale Hoffmann's 1966 Pontiac GTO cuts a stunning figure, backdropped by a Kansas Air National Guard F4 fighter at McConnell Air Force Base. The crisp lines of both machines look as good today as they did when they were first produced.
The GTO was originally equipped with a floor-shifted automatic; the Hoffmanns were able to track down the correct M-20 4-speed manual transmission, complete with Hurst shifter outfitted with a line lock, all nestled in the appropriate center console.
Ralph Hoffman says the car had at least 14 layers of paint, ranging from bronze to black, covering it when it was stripped to bare metal. Autotech Collision and Service handled the body work and the application of the Montero Red factory paint.
The restored GTO has been back on the road since this summer and looks ready to take on the F4. Ralph Hoffman hasn't had a chance to clock any runs on a drag strip yet, but figures the car should turn 13-second elapsed times in the quarter mile.
Another view of the bright red GTO at McConnell Air Force Base, this time with an F105 for companionship. Both Hoffmanns have served in the Air Force, with Ralph currently serving as a boom operator on a refueling tanker.